Will Ferrell did have some comedic tricks up his sleeve.
The movie star was on hand in New Orleans to introduce the Bulls' and Hornets' starting lineups before Wednesday night's game and brought his typical zeal and humorous wisecracks.
He had a little extra nugget for each of the 10 players he announced. For the visiting Bulls, all of them were picking on the players of some sort. All in fun, of course.
Ferrell said Carlos Boozer still lives with his mom and Joakim Noah is the worst dancer.
But what he said for superstar Derrick Rose was hilarious:
Stay classy, Chicago.
The Bulls faced a steep test opening their 2018-19 campaign against the Philadelphia 76ers.
That task won't become any easier with Kris Dunn missing the game for personal reasons, head coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters at shootaround on Thursday.
Dunn's exlusion opens up an opportunity for Cameron Payne, who will enter the starting lineup. Payne started 14 games for the Bulls last season, averaging 9.4 points and 5.6 assists in 26.5 minutes.
It also moves up Ryan Arcidiacono and Tyler Ulis, both of whom will be active, in the rotation. Expect both to see at least some playing time, especially with Denzel Valentine also out while recovering from a sprained ankle suffered in training camp.
It could mean an even bigger evening for Sixers point guard Ben Simmons. The reigning Rookie of the Year posted 19 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists in Philly's season-opening loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.
On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.
0:15- Introduction to the Bulls Outsiders
3:15- The process of casting the show
9:45- John Sabine's Improv background and comedy's connection to basketball
11:20- What the Outsiders hope to accomplish with the show
13:00- What's great about Bulls fans
14:20- Who is their favorite Bull of all time, outside of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen
26:20- Bold on the court predcitions for the season
Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: